On the night where two of his former opponents, archrival Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs, collide at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, for most of boxing’s middleweight world championships, Gennadiy Golovkin makes news of his own.
GGG has announced that he has found a new trainer in Johnathon Banks. Banks is a former cruiserweight and heavyweight contender himself, but he is perhaps better known as a former apprentice of legendary trainer Emanuel Steward.
Banks has trained former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus. Banks took upon training duties for Klitschko upon Steward’s death in 2012.
“First of all, he is young and he has experience,” Golovkin said at a press conference at the MGM Grand earlier today. “I want to build on what I have already achieved and continue to improve as a boxer. Johnathon is teaching me new skills that will help me reach those goals. I believe in Johnathon’s teaching methods. We are working hard and I look forward to showing the world something special when I bring the Big Drama Show to Madison Square Garden on June 8.”
Banks replaces Abel Sanchez, who was GGG’s longtime trainer. Sanchez recently announced the two parted ways as a result of Golovkin wanting him to take a pay cut.
Golovkin signed a six-fight deal with DAZN worth over $100 million a couple of months ago. He will fight Steve Rolls on June 8 at Madison Square Garden and marks GGG’s return to the ring since losing the WBA and WBC middleweight titles to Alvarez in September.
Speaking of, it should be noted that Boxing Scene reports GGG will be present at ringside for the Canelo-Jacobs fight, and GGG’s DAZN deal allows for the possibility of a trilogy fight with Alvarez. If such a fight happens, it could allow Golovkin to pocket more than $30 million.
Original Story: Boxing Scene